The Return of Warwick and Clarence

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The return of Warwick and Clarence

After the Angers Agreement (the agreement for Warwick to invade England and restore Henry VI) everything went well, at first:

  • In September 1470, Warwick returned to England with French support. 
  • HIs brother John Neville, Marquess Montagu finally turned on Edward IV.
  • In October, Edward was forced into exile. 
  • As a result, Henry VI returned to the throne which was the beginning of his brief 'readeption' government. 
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Other motives for rebellion

The other motives for the rebellion includes:

  • In 1468, Edward IV was much weaker, which caused Warwick to fear that he was in real danger, if there was a Lancastrian or French invasion. 
  • Therefore, his first rebellion resulted from not mere ambtiion, but a need for self defence and a wish to create a stronger regime that would make a better fist of government.
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New problems faced by Henry VI whilst on the thron

The new regime under Henry VI had weaknesses from the start:

  • Warwick needed to reconcile the Yorkist establishment, which had survived Edward IV's fall intact, with returning Lancastrians expecting their lands and titles to be returned. 
  • Henry VI was an unimpressive figurehead and the young Prince edward, remained in France for far too long.
    • He might have been a good figurehead. 
  • Edward refused to accept his exile.
  • In the spring of 1471, Edward IV landed on the Yorkshire coast.
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